Almaz Ayana is the athlete of February

Congratulations to Almaz Ayana who is the Athlete of the month for February!


Almaz Ayana was born on November 21, 1991. She’s an Ethiopian female long-distance runner who competes in the 3000 metres, 5000 metres, and 10,000 metres events.

Ayana was recently named the female World Athlete of the Year at the International Association of Athletics Federation’s Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo. Jamaican Usain Bolt was named winner in the men’s category.

Ayana had a record-breaking 2015. After recording the fastest 10,000m debut in history in June, the Ethiopian went on to win the Olympic title at the distance in a world record of 29:17.45.

She also took bronze in the 5000m event in Rio, her only loss of the year. Having recorded three of the eight fastest times at 5000m, she ended the year as the Diamond Race winner for that discipline.